Say hola to a world of flavourful dishes at Sydney’s best Mexican restaurants.
When it comes to picking our favourites food destinations, we’ve got plenty of choice in Sydney. But as far as flavourful dining destinations go, Mexican restaurants tend to be at the top of our list. From the humble guac and bowl of crunchy tostadas to tacos loaded with everything from slow-cooked lamb to kingfish ceviche, there’s plenty to get you salivating. If you’re searching for the best spots to score a delicious Mexican feed (and top-notch tequila cocktail), look no further than our guide to Sydney’s best Mexican restaurants.
Boasting Australia’s largest tequila range is no mean feat, and at Méjico you can find just that. Located in the heart of the CBD on Pitt Street, this market-to-table Mexican eatery delivers modern dishes inspired by regional flavours and authentic culinary techniques. Whether you’re looking for a date-night spot or want to gather your crew for a long-overdue get-together, Méjico will welcome you with open arms. Start with street snacks like fried jalapeno poppers stuffed with 3 kinds of cheese and chipotle mayo before tasting your way through flavourful tacos, market-fresh tun tostadas, charcoaled meats and so much more.
Find Méjico at 105 Pitt Street, Sydney. Open Monday to Saturday from 12pm till late.
Bringing a dash of South American spice to Potts Point, Chula has become an eastern suburbs favourite since opening its doors back in 2017. Since then, the Mexican restaurant has gone from strength to strength, serving up a vibrant menu of modern Mexican dishes. Whether you’re after a bowl of guac and a few rounds of tacos or an lavish set menu of Mexican favourites, you can find it all at Chula. Plus, you can even score bottomless brunch with a Mexican twist every Saturday along with taco specials every Tuesday.
Find Chula at Shop 7, 33 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross. Open Tues/Wed/Thu/Sun 5pm till 11pm, Fri 5pm-1am and Sat 12pm-1am.
For northern beaches locals, Chica Bonita will be a familiar favourite. This neighbourhood Mexican eatery has been drawing crowds since 2012, renowned for their no-frills Mexican dishes and famous fish tacos. Chica Bonita delivers every from small share plates of kingfish ceviche and chorizo to epic tacos, enchiladas, mole pork belly and so much more. Plus you can wash it all down with well-made tequila cocktails, margaritas or a can of Tecate.
Find Chica Bonita Manly at Shop 9A/B The Corso, Manly.
Flock to Paddington’s Five Ways and you’ll stumble upon the humble Latin American-influenced bar-meets-restaurant, Tequila Mockingbird. Finding its home in a lovingly restored terrace, this dining destination is a must for fans of flavourful cuisine. While it might not technically be entirely Mexican, we believe it deserves a mention. Expect tapas-style share plates featuring everything from ceviche tacos and nachos to flame-grilled dishes like charcoal chicken, slow-roasted lamb shoulder and grilled Tasmanian salmon. Plus, as the name would suggest, this is certainly a spot to nab a delicious tequila-based cocktail (or two).
Find Tequila Mockingbird at 6 Heeley Street, Paddington. Open Tues/Wed 5pm-8:30pm, Thur 5pm-11:30pm, Fri/Sat 12pm-12am and Sun 12pm-10pm.
In the mood for a late-night dose of tacos and tequila? If you find yourself at Barrio Cellar, you’ve landed in the right place. This subterranean Mexican restaurant fuses Mexican and SoCal flavours, delivering an innovative menu of street food to delight Sydney diners. Swing by every Friday and Saturday night to enjoy a cocktail or two with live DJ sets while diving into Barrio Cellar’s mouthwatering menu of quesadillas, tacos, burgers, burritos and so much more.
Find Barrio Cellar at the basement level of 58 Elizabeth Street, Sydney. Open Mon 12pm-10:30pm, Tues 12pm-11pm, Wed 12pm-12am, Thu/Fri 12pm till late and Sat 6pm till late.
Bringing the flavours of Tulum direct to the foreshore of Bondi Beach, Carbon delivers unmissable Mexican dining to Sydney’s most iconic beachside suburb. At Carbon, the focus of the menu is on wood-fired dishes infused with traditional South American culinary techniques. The produce is fresh, the flavours punchy and the dishes one-of-a-kind. This fun, buzzing restaurant delivers everything from sardine tostadas and charred street corn to more substantial dishes including pibil chicken, market fish zarandeado and so much more.
Find Carbon at 288 Bondi Road, Bondi Beach. Open Tues to Fri 5pm-12am, Sat 12pm-12am and Sun 12pm-10pm.
Speaking of an innovative menu, this list wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of boundary-pushing vegan eatery, Bad Hombres. Although everything on this Mexican-inspired menu is plant-based, each dish packs a flavourful punch. Pull up a chair at this casual cantina and prepare for everything from king mushroom Peruvian ceviche to crispy eggplant tacos and even Chilli ‘NON’ Carne bowls loaded with shiitake mushrooms, black beans, jalapenos and more.
Find Bad Hombres at 40 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills. Open Tues to Fri 5:30pm-9:30pm and Sat 5:30pm-10pm & Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm.
With a string of venues across Melbourne, Fonda Bondi is the first Sydney outpost of this unmissable Mexican restaurant chain. The venue is designed to serve as a hub for the local community, using a menu of Mexican street food dishes to unite diners. Using fresh, Australian produce prepared with traditional Mexican techniques, expect a delicious menu of eats including classic starters of charred corn and guac to mains of tacos, quesadillas, salads, burritos and more.
Find Fonda at 85 Hall Street, Bondi Beach. Open Mon to Wed 12pm-9pm, Thur 12pm-9:30pm, Fri/Sat 12pm-10pm and Sun 12pm-9pm.